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Parenting Coordinators in Child Custody Disputes

In Child Custody by Elizabeth Stephenson

Too state things mildly, child custody cases can get heated. It isn’t difficult to explain. First, parents love and cherish their children and want to maximize their time with them. Second, the interpersonal conflict between parents adds an additional layer of emotional complexity, as the reasons and dynamics that caused their separation become projected into legal proceedings involving their children. Sometimes parents simply cannot navigate a custody dispute with just their lawyers and a judge. In fact, a judge sometimes needs help in reaching a decision and may ask for help from a neutral third party professionals, called a “parenting coordinator”. How is a Parenting Coordinator Appointed? A court can appoint a parenting coordinator at any time during child custody proceedings so long as the parties agree to the appointment. …